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Truth-telling at the border : an audience appraisal of border security

Price, Emma and Nethery, Amy 2012, Truth-telling at the border : an audience appraisal of border security, Media international Australia : incorporating culture and policy, no. 142, pp. 148-156.

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Title Truth-telling at the border : an audience appraisal of border security
Author(s) Price, Emma
Nethery, Amy
Journal name Media international Australia : incorporating culture and policy
Issue number 142
Start page 148
End page 156
Total pages 9
Publisher University of Queensland : School of English, Media Studies and Art History
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 1329-878X
2200-467X
Keyword(s) border
truth-telling
security
Summary  Since its initial broadcast in October 2004, Border Security: Australia’s Front Line has enjoyed sustained high ratings on Australian television. This article examines the key theme of ‘truth-telling’ in Border Security. Drawing on interviews with audiences and the program’s executive producer, the article argues that the way truth-telling shapes the storytelling in Border Security taps into contemporary social and political ideas about how and why Australian borders should be managed. As a diagnostic tool for identifying authenticity, truth-telling is the key condition, or ‘rule’, that newcomers must follow if they want to enter the country. But audiences also apply the rule of truth-telling to the program itself, and disengage when they feel like they are being manipulated. Truth-telling at the border – by people wanting to enter the country and by the program production itself – contributes to the continued popularity of the program with Australian audiences, and also explains when and why audiences disengage with the program.
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, University of Queensland : School of English, Media Studies and Art History
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